You misinterpret Heb. 9:27 similarly as many other Christians, including INC.August 12 2017 at 6:34 PM
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INC, even though they correctly believe in soul sleep, they too misinterpret Heb. 9:29 as meaning that after death comes a single day of judgment, they just put it to the time right after the resurrection, similarly like Seventh Day Adventists, Christadelphians, and others who do believe in soul sleep, but not in a long period of many years of judgment. So they might not believe in a chance to be converted after th resurrection at all. Though some SDAs do believe at least there is a chance to be converted on the day of judgment. But Christadelphians, and the Advent Christian Church, for example, don't even believe in that possibility, they believe when the unsaved are resurrected, they will be judged, sentenced to die, and then be dead forever. And Christadelphians believe many of the unsaved will never be resurrected, so they are already dead forever.
But what they don't understand is what is written in Is. 2:2-4, that one day it will happen that Mt. Zion will be the highest mountain, and all nations shall flow unto it, and God will teach us of his ways, out of Zion shall go forth the law. And then verse 4 adds that God shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks, and nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
And Micah was inspired to write basically the same thing, and wrote it in 4:1-3. So clearly what this means is that all nations will be resurrected, including nations that no longer exist, and this will be followed by a long time, when all will be going to Mt. Zion to be taught by God, including his new laws, and it will be a time of judgment. So like Is. 26:9-10 says, when God's judgments are in the earth, the world's inhabitants will learn righteousness, but even though favor is showed to the wicked, he will not learn righteousness. So as you can see, the time of judgment will be a long time, during which many will learn righteousness, repent of their sins, and we will be taught the new law, and we will not be learning war any more. Now Is. 26:14 says that some will not live, and that is where Christadelphians and some others get their doctrine that some will not be resurrected, but 26:19 continues that Thy dead shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. So verse 14 is only for the intermediate time, as later verse 19 makes it clear that we will all live. Likewise other verses in the Bible indicate that all the dead will be resurrected. So Is. 26 should be clear enough, that all will rise, and all will learn righteousness except the wicked. So even INC teaches correctly that all will be resurrected, but they don't understand the verses about the inhabitants learning righteousness, learning the new Law, learning God's ways.
Many churches, like you, have inherited the Catholic doctrine of the immortality of souls, so they misinterpret Heb. 9:27 that right after death, the soul is alive and undergoes what is called particular judgment, after which the unsaved go to hell to suffer. Though this doctrine then makes the great white throne judgment after the millennium, in Rev. 20:11, quite superfluous, as they believe that judgment will pass the same sentence as what happens at the particular judgment right after death, the unsaved will again be sentenced to suffer forever, that time in the lake of fire.
But the Bible does not teach any such superfluous judgment. It teaches a long period of judging, during which many of the unsaved will learn righteousness, and we will all learn the new Law, including the requirement of all to go to Jerusalem for the feast of Tabernacles, year after year, as taught in Zech. 14. So this will be happening during the millennium. And then at the end of the millennium will be the great white throne judgment, at which those still wicked will be sentenced to die in the lake of fire, and will burn up there and become ashes.
So this long period of judging is the judgment mentioned in Heb. 9:27. So please correct your doctrine to be consistent with the Bible, and do not any longer teach this Catholic innovation of the immortality of souls and the particular judgment right after death. After all, the Bible is clear that the dead know nothing, they can't praise God. So after you die, you will not be able to praise God, until you are resurrected.